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Keeping Active in the New Year After a long week of work, countless errands and running around, the weekends may be your opportunity for leisure to do nothing but sit around all day. While there’s nothing wrong with taking well deserved time off to relax, you may be doing more of a disservice than you realize. The human body is designed for movement and as the saying goes, “sitting is the new smoking.” According to research at Cornell University Department of Ergonomics, ...
Posted on 2021-01-05
Seven Key Benefits of Physical Therapy Unless you’ve attended physical therapy in the past, it’s probably safe to say that most of us have only a rudimentary understanding of what it exactly entails. A common notion is that physical therapy helps people who are recovering from an injury or recent surgery. While that is certainly true, it’s only a piece of the entire physical therapy puzzle!  Physical therapy (PT for short) is care that helps people restore or improve mo...
Posted on 2020-12-21
Wellness Tips for Winter Aches, Pains & Sprains Wintertime can mean many different things, depending on where you live. Perhaps, it means several feet of snow, sleet and ice, and tundra-like temperatures. Or, if you’re lucky, it could mean only a bit less sunlight and cooler evening temperatures. It’s also the time of year during which we celebrate the holidays, make more home cooked meals and take advantage of cozying up in front of a fire.  Between the cooler weather and...
Posted on 2020-12-10
Avoid Injuries while Shoveling Snow Every winter, those of us in the states that tend to get snow wonder whether we're going to get a lot or a little. No matter how much snow we end up getting though, it’s always good to know the proper way to shovel so injuries can be prevented. We at Physical Therapy Specialists of Idaho have some advice to help avoid those snow shoveling injuries StretchTake 5–10 minutes to warm-up your muscles with some stretches before starting to shovel. Hyd...
Posted on 2020-11-20
Physical therapy as a first line of defense?   What is the benefit of seeing a physical therapist as a first line of defense? This may seem like an odd question at first, but it actually is a great question. Allow me to begin with some explanation that may help. Physical therapists are trained to critically evaluate the entire body in the way that each part works together to affect another. Physical therapists typically spend an entire hour listening to the patient, checking for loss of...
Posted on 2020-11-07
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